Businesses exist to make as much money as possible, right? Now, you may be trundling along, quite happily, with just the retail of clothing. However, you will be surprised at just how much money you are potentially leaving on the table by not offering additional services. On this page, we are going to take a little look at some additional services that you may wish to introduce into your clothing store.
Before we begin, however, it is important to think long and hard about whether you really have the time to introduce additional services into your clothing store. If you are a one person operation, you won’t get far. The last thing you want to do is spend all of your time on additional services and absolutely no time on actually ensuring that your clothing store is running perfectly. In an ideal situation, you will most likely wish to get a dedicated staff member in to deal with all of those additional services. This will cost you a little bit of money, obviously, but if you do things properly then you will be surprised at how much value the staff member brings to the table.
Now, let’s say that you run a second-hand clothing shop, maybe selling vintage clothing. There is a fairly decent chance that a particular item of clothing may not fit the person in question. They may still want it, however. So, what do you do? Well, you can offer a clothing alteration service. They pay you a fee, you still sell the item of clothing, and they end up with something that fits them perfectly or close to it at least. This is money that you would not have had in your pocket if you did not offer that clothing alteration service in the first place. Of course, this service is not just going to be limited to those who purchase from your store. If you offer high-quality clothing alteration services, and I have every belief that you will do so, then you will end up getting a decent amount of people through your door when word starts to spread.
Don’t just stop here either. People want to know that their clothing is going to be well-looked after. They want to ensure that it is in the best possible hands. This is why you should also, if you can afford the equipment, offer dedicated dry cleaning and ironing services. People will be willing to pay a decent amount for this service (you will be surprised at how much people will be willing to pay you for ironing!). This will result in a decent income stream. Remember, both of these services are something which people will require on a fairly regular basis, so if you do a good job the first time around then they will coming back for more and more. Many clothing stores actually make the vast majority of their profit by offering services such as ironing and dry cleaning.